Former sheriff Reynolds seeks to return to office
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent September 16, 2013 10:22PM
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:34AM
By Amy Lavalley
VALPARAISO – Flanked by family and friends, David Reynolds stood outside the Porter County Sheriff’s Department Monday and formally announced that he is running for sheriff, an office he previously held for two terms.
Reynolds, a Democrat with 33 years of experience in law enforcement, served with the Lake Station Police Department before heading to Portage, where he worked his way up to police chief. Since finishing his second term as sheriff – under state statute, sheriffs are limited to two consecutive terms – he has worked as an investigator for an international security firm.
After an introduction by Sheriff David Lain, who worked under Reynolds when he headed the department and will complete his second term next year, Reynolds said there have been many good changes in law enforcement, including new technology.
“I want to run because Porter County is not only the fastest growing county in the region, but in the state,” he said, adding people want to live, work and have their children attend school “in a county they feel safe in.”
The count faces an assortment of challenges, he said, including substance abuse and domestic violence.
Reynolds, who was last elected to the office in 1998 and 2002, said he prides himself on communication and cooperation, and noted he has a proven track record of working well with other departments, school corporations and the community.
“It would be an honor to serve as your sheriff one more time,” he said.
An official with the county’s Republican party said they would be coming forward with a candidate shortly.
“We expect to announce a candidate in the near future that has a record of accomplishment, an innovative and forward-thinking approach to law enforcement who will be able to address the numerous issues at the jail and in the sheriff’s department that have stemmed from a lack of leadership,” said Michael Simpson, the party’s chair, via email.